Merlin's First Round Mock

With the draft fast approaching, The Draft Thursday staff was asked to provide a full first round mock. Who will go number one? What players are available to the Chiefs at #21? Answers below the fold!

Pick 1 Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Carolina makes a mistake here and grabs the next Vince Young.
Pick 2 Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama Best DT in the draft, it’s a no brainer to the Donks
Pick 3 Nick Fairley, DT/DE, Auburn Buffalo starts it’s transition back to a 4-3 defense with Fairley. He can play inside or outside and will shore up the d-line.
Pick 4 AJ Green, WR, Georgia Green is the top WR in the draft and the Bengels need a WR badly. The QB need will be filled in round two.
Pick 5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri Another no brainer pick. The Cards have no one who scares anyone as a QB.
Pick 6 Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Colt McCoy needs people to catch the ball and Jones is a top ten prospect.
Pick 7 Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU The 49ers dream comes true. Peterson is by far the best talent available and hits a major need.
Pick 8 Robert Quinn, OLB, North Carolina Bowers medical scares me. The Titans play it safe with a stud OLB talent.
Pick 9 Tyron Smith, OT, USC Dallas is transitioning away from the pure smash mouth offensive line. Smith is not as ready as Castonzo, but could be the best OT in the draft in 2-3 years.
Pick 10 Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M The Redskins luck into Miller who is the best pure pass rusher in the draft.
Pick 11 Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri Houston needs an OLB badly and reaches for Smith here.
Pick 12 Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Castonzo is the most NFL ready OT and a great pick for the Vikes here.
Pick 13 Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska The Lions are sticking pins in their Vikings doll as Castonzo goes one pick before them. Amukamara is the best player left in the draft. He is a great consolation prize.
Pick 14 Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson The Bowers slide ends here as the Rams have to look to round two to find pass receivers.
Pick 15 Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Will Miami reach for a QB here? No, but they need a new running back and Ingram fills the bill.
Pick 16 JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin Watt will bring some heat from his strong side DE spot.
Pick 17 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple The Pats finally find their successor to Richard Seymour.
Pick 18 Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri The Chargers find their pass rush threat since Larry English has not worked out.
Pick 19 Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin The Giants need to start rebuilding that offensive line.
Pick 20 Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue Kerrigan appeals to both 4-3 teams and 3-4 teams. His high motor and pas rushing skills earns him some pewter.
Pick 21 Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Addicts know I love Sherrod to the Chiefs. He has the athletic skills and character to earn his Arrowhead.
Pick 22 Nate Solder, OT, Colorado I am not a fan of Solder. He is the best OT left and the Colts are desperate for a good tackle.
Pick 23 Jimmy Smith, CB Colorado Andy Reid is not scared off by the character issues and grabs this ultra confident, talented CB.
Pick 24 Corey Liuget, DT Illinois The Saints need an upgrade next to newly acquired Shaun Rodgers.
Pick 25 Jake Lockler, QB, Washington I am not a fan of Lockler’s, but the Hawks reach and Lockler stays in Washington.
Pick 26 Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland The Ravens select a faster WR to pair with Boldin and open up room for Rice.
Pick 27 Cameron Jordan, DE California Jordan can play inside or outside, giving the Falcons another pass rushing threat.
Pick 28 Mike Pouncey, G, Florida The Patriots need a talent infusion in the offensive line. Pouncey can play either guard spot.
Pick 29 Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh The Bears need OT help badly and reach a bit for Pinkston
Pick 30 Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State Heyward beefs up the Jet’s defensive line.
Pick 31 Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU Cannon adds some muscle along side Maurkice Pouncey.
Pick 32 Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois The Pack can sit and see what talent falls to them. Here, it’s LeShoure who some analysts think is the best RB in the draft.

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